To Champion The Underdog – A Surrender

But in the end, it was not enough.

Christopher Neyrot Guzman
March 28, 1985 – October 25, 2016


To Champion The Underdog — Finale

To champion an underdog is to teach straw how to spin itself into gold. The best part of championing — indeed, the only good part — is seeing all your hard work come to fruition.

Recently, I sat up with my brother, late into the night, helping him with an English paper. I wanted to write his paper for him. I wanted to feed him the answers. I kept trying to swoop in and save him from all his years of bad teachers who had no patience and never bothered to show him how to actually write.

Over and over again throughout the night, he kept telling me to stop. He kept telling me he wanted to figure it out on his own, write his own sentences, use his own thoughts. He had never done that before. He had never been so focused on his work or so determined to do it on his own.

It wasn’t just the incident with the English paper. My brother found a job. He continues with his therapy. He is only two classes away from transferring to a four-year university. He finally cut our mother out of his life. What my brother was before is not what he is anymore. My brother finally learned to spin himself into gold.

I must say, dear Reader, that it’s rare for me to be rendered useless. I’m not really sure where to go or what to do now, but if you are tired or weak, crippled or frayed, please gather around so I can champion for you.

I don’t know how to be any other way.

To Champion The Underdog, Part 4

It’s an imperfect process, championing the underdog. Most of the time you’re really just enabling.

en·a·ble /en-ey-buhl/
verb (used with object)
1.  to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize

It sounds like it should be a good thing though, right? To give power? To make competent? How could that possibly be bad? But I suppose championing is a neverending process of one step forward, one step back. At least that’s better than one step forward, two steps back.

So I carry on. Not because I will save the world (I won’t), or because I believe that I make any real difference (I don’t), but because if I champion for you I will never give up.

cham·pi·on /cham-pee-uhn/
1.  a  person who fights for or defends any person or cause
2.  a person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or series of competitions, so as to hold first place

You will be a better person for it. You will have no other choice.